Major, Lindsey & Africa Mourns the Loss of Industry Giant Marty Africa

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Martha Fay (Marty) Africa Passes Away at age 71.

With great sadness, Major, Lindsey & Africa (“MLA”) extends deepest sympathies to the family of one of our founders and name partners, Martha Fay (“Marty”) Africa, who passed away on January 22, 2015 after a protracted battle with cancer. Marty served as an active member of MLA until shortly before her death.

Marty joined Bob Major in 1984 to form the core of what is today Major, Lindsey & Africa, a global legal services firm, from her position as Director of Law Placement at the University of California, Boalt Halt Hall School of Law. Passionate about the legal profession and the role of legal search in improving that profession, Marty was a highly influential member of the legal community both in the Bay Area and nationally, and active in both the ABA and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She was the founder of and inspiration behind the Women Rainmakers, an organization devoted to training women lawyers in the art of networking and practice building. She served on numerous ABA committees relating to advancement of women and minorities, and served on a number of non-profit boards. In addition, she was a member of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Council and was a prolific writer, editor and speaker on a wide range of topics relating to law practice.

Marty conducted searches at all levels, from General Counsel to Executive Director for major corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and educational institutions. Her unique style, warmth and insight made her one of the most beloved and sought after figures in the legal search profession, and hundreds of individuals trace the roots of their successful careers to Marty’s guidance.

About Major, Lindsey & Africa
Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) is the world's largest and most experienced legal search firm. Combining local market knowledge and a global recruiting network, MLA has earned recognition for its track record of successful General Counsel, Corporate Counsel, Partner, Associate and Law Firm Management placements. MLA also provides law firms and companies with highly-specialized legal professionals on project, interim and temporary-to-permanent hire basis. Committed to providing full service in response to the talent needs of its clients, MLA also provides executive search services through its affiliate, Allegis Partners. With offices throughout the U.S., Hong Kong, London and Tokyo, MLA recruiters are dedicated to understanding and meeting client and candidate needs while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality. MLA considers every search a diversity search and has been committed to diversity in the law since its inception. For these reasons, MLA was voted "Best Legal Recruiter" by readers of The National Law Journal. To learn more about MLA, visit To learn more about Allegis Partners, visit

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